Definition of stroppy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstrɒpi/

adjective (stroppier, stroppiest)

British informal
Bad-tempered and argumentative: Patricia was getting stroppy
More example sentences
  • Watch out for irritability, being more stroppy with other people and not sleeping very well.
  • ‘Hawick people are very stroppy,’ says Barnes.
  • Every time I had some form of prize or something he really got very stroppy about it.
bad-tempered, ill-tempered, irritable, grumpy, cantankerous, truculent, sulky, sullen, awkward, uncooperative, unhelpful, recalcitrant, refractory, difficult, perverse, contrary, confrontational, argumentative, quarrelsome, obstreperous, choleric;
Scottish  thrawn
informal pig-headed, cussed
British informal shirty, ratty, narky, bolshie, bloody-minded
North American informal balky, scrappy
rare contrarious



Example sentences
  • I exclaimed, and flounced stroppily to my desk.
  • Unlike other systems that stroppily tell you to make a U-turn, it calmly and almost invisibly replots the route.
  • I re-did the vocal a week later, if only to make a point of starting as stroppily as I intended to continue.


Example sentences
  • The pressure of the festive season, combined with raging hormones, has raised my reputation for stroppiness to an unprecedented high.
  • A pantomime of stroppiness ensued, complete with petted lip.
  • Days later the Scotsman took a pot shot at Sands' stroppiness while attending an awards ceremony.


1950s: perhaps an abbreviation of obstreperous.

Words that rhyme with stroppy

choppy, copy, floppy, jalopy, moppy, poppy, sloppy, soppy

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